The Destiny 2 Beta is almost here, and you need to have your Xbox One or PS4 ready to get the most out of it.
Activision and Bungie revealed the beta when Destiny 2 pre-orders began. We’ve seen some of the game’s features in trailers and videos, but users at home haven’t been able to play yet. That’s what this testing period is for. You can experience the game’s first story mission and explore its multiplayer experience on your Xbox One and PS4 before the game launches on September 6th.
When you can play the Destiny 2 Beta depends on what console you have and whether you’ve purchased the game already. You can play the beta on July 18th if you purchase a copy of the game for PS4. Xbox One users that pre-order can play the Destiny 2 Beta on July 19th. Everyone with an Xbox One and a PS4 can test the game on July 21st.
Don’t wait until the last-minute. Prepare for the Destiny 2 Beta now with these tips.
Place Your Pre-Order for Early Access
You need to place your Destiny 2 pre-order as soon as possible. Again, you can’t participate in the Early Access portion of the beta if you don’t pre-order. Think of it as a bonus for investing in the game early.
Feel free to purchase any version of the game you want. You get Destiny 2 Beta access whether you buy Destiny 2 Standard Edition for $59.99 or invest in Destiny 2 Collector’s Edition for $249.99. Use the best Destiny 2 deals to save money on your purchase.
You can’t play the Destiny 2 Beta on PC this July because PC gamers have their own beta test coming this August. Destiny 2 for PC doesn’t launch until October 24th. That’s more than a month after Xbox One and PS4 gamers get the title.
Make Room for the Game on Your Console
Go to your video game console and be sure you have the space you need to install the Destiny 2 Beta on your system. The game requires a lot of free storage to work properly, according to Bungie.net’s Download Guide.
You need 30GB of free storage space to get the Destiny 2 Beta on your PS4. Expect the beta software to take up 15GB once it is fully downloaded.
Xbox One gamers only need 13GB of free storage space to download the beta software to their console.
You must add more storage to your console or delete old games if you don’t have enough space. Look through your library to get rid of titles you no longer play. If you can’t find any titles to delete, use an external hard drive to add more storage to your console.
Unlock Your Beta Code
Be sure to unlock your Destiny 2 Beta code if you purchased the game from a retail store. If you bought a digital copy of the game, you don’t need a code to unlock the beta.
GameStop, Target & Wal-Mart all print a code for the Destiny 2 Beta on your receipt. Go to the Destiny 2 website and select Redeem Your Beta Key. Sign into the site with your Xbox Live or PlayStation Network account.
Enter the 9-digit code that’s printed on the bottom of your receipt to get your beta code.
You need to enter your beta code into the Xbox Store or PlayStation Store to unlock the files for the beta.
Pre-Load the Destiny 2 Beta
You don’t have to wait until the Destiny 2 Beta launches to download the files you need. Bungie and Activision are easing gamers into the testing period by offering pre-loads.
The Destiny 2 beta is now available to preload for all Guardians who have pre-ordered from the PS Store. Early Access starts on July 18th. pic.twitter.com/ZzLQRM7NlJ
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 13, 2017
Destiny 2 Beta pre-loads are available now to gamers that pre-ordered the title. We don’t know when pre-loads for the Destiny 2 Open Beta will begin.
Don’t Skip Renewing Your Xbox Live & PlayStation Plus Membership
Don’t skip renewing your Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription. You need these to play online.
Bungie confirmed a multiplayer subscription isn’t required to download the beta in an update to Bungie.net on July 13th. “Players are not required to have an active PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live subscription,” the post says. All gamers get access to the title’s story mission.
You do need a multiplayer subscription to try The Crucible and the beta’s Strike mission. PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold cost $9.99 a month.
Learn About the Destiny 2 Beta
You should use the Destiny 2 Beta to explore the game’s key features and decide if you want to keep or place a pre-order. Take this opportunity to learn about all the new things you can try during the testing period.
Begin by watching the Destiny 2 Beta trailer above. It teases the story content that gamers get during the testing period. The game’s first single-player mission is in the beta. Gamers also get access to Destiny 2’s competitive multiplayer experience, called The Crucible.
Read Bungie’s beta breakdown to learn about all the maps and modes you can experience during the testing period next. The post also reveals what features aren’t in the beta, but will be in the final game.
Finally, be sure to watch YouTube user Mesa Sean’s Destiny 2 Beta Full Details video. His video includes information on the new subclasses and weapons you can test.
Follow Destiny 2 Beta Forums
Stay linked to online communities and social media outlets during the Destiny 2 Beta. The Destiny community forums will have Bungie employees researching issues and multiplayer lovers discussing the title. You should check the forums for up-to-the-minute details on problems that users are running into as well. Reddit’s DestinyTheGame community will have gamers putting teams together and investigating problems. Check the site each evening for new details and reactions from other players.
Pre-Order to Get Access to the Destiny 2 Beta
Gamers that place a Destiny 2 pre-order won't spend hours downloading the files they need for the Destiny 2 Beta. They’ll get time with the game before it's opened to the public.
PS4 gamers that pre-order get beta access on July 18th. Xbox One owners that buy early can try the Destiny 2 Beta on July 19th. Windows PC users can expect the Destiny 2 Beta to launch this August.
The Destiny 2 Beta opens to everyone on July 21st. Open betas come with hiccups. Gamers create long loading times by trying to play at the same time. It also takes a long time to download the necessary files since everyone else is trying to download them too.
Retail store receipts for the game come with a beta unlock code printed on them. The Xbox Store and PlayStation Store unlock the beta automatically.